Historical Seasonal Opening and Closing Dates
(See table with this year's estimated opening and closing dates.)
Road Opening and Closing Dates
(See plowing updates during spring road opening.)
Clearing of the Tioga Road begins on or about April 15 each year and usually takes between one and two months. Predicting when these roads will open is not possible, even in late spring, because weather in April and May can affect plowing progress significantly.
**Re-opened December 16, 2011 - January 17, 2012.
The only trails that are routinely closed in Yosemite are the Mist Trail to Vernal Fall, the John Muir Trail between Clark Point and near the top of Nevada Fall (including the "ice cut"), and the Four Mile Trail.
Did You Know?
The Merced River above Nevada Fall and South Fork Merced River above Wawona, numerous small meadows and adjacent riparian habitats occur. Owing their existence to the river and its annual flooding, these habitats help support eight special status animal species: harlequin ducks, black swifts, bald eagles, osprey, willow flycatchers, yellow warbler, western red bat, and Sierra Nevada mountain beaver.